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Eight Penn College Students Medal in National Competition


Eight students from the widest variety of academic majors ever to represent Pennsylvania College of Technology at the National Leadership and Skills Conference returned home with medals – including first-time successes in three competitive areas.

The contingent took one of three top places in five categories, and this year marked the first time that Penn College entrants medaled in Computer Programming, TeamWorks and Welding Sculpture.

“This really goes to show how well-prepared the students are from their respective fields and how great our instructors are here at the college. This is, by far, the most diverse group of students I’ve had go to the national competition,” said SkillsUSA adviser James N. Colton II, an assistant professor of welding. “The national skills competition gives us a chance to showcase our technical skills and show everyone why we’re a leader in applied technology.”

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Fabric Installations at Penn College Explore Objects, Memories

Five panels from Kay Healy’s “Lost and Found” series will be included in her exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College.

Objects and memories, transience and stability are explored in “Vestiges,” an exhibit of fabric installations on display May 23 through July 23 in The Gallery at Penn College.

Through her drawn, screen-printed and stuffed fabric creations, Philadelphia artist Kay Healy explores themes of home, memory, displacement and loss. “Vestiges” will showcase more than 50 of the artist’s works, including five panels from the “Lost and Found” series, a life-size installation featuring three-dimensional objects from armchairs to frying pans and guitars to Teletubbies.

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Penn College Degree Leads to Philadelphia Eagles Front Office

Penn College web and interactive media alumnus Christopher C. Rutledge is employed by the Philadelphia Eagles as digital project coordinator.

Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate Christopher C. Rutledge, a collegiate soccer player and all-around sports enthusiast, chose his degree without imagining that it would lead to work that so closely relates to his lifelong pastime, let alone that his first full-time job would be with his favorite NFL team.

“Ever since I was 6 years of age, I have been in love with sports, and to this day, I still get myself involved with many activities, whether it is football, soccer, softball, etc.,” the 2016 graduate said.

Rutledge, a four-year member of the Penn College men’s soccer team, received a bachelor’s degree in web and interactive media. Last summer, he joined the Philadelphia Eagles’ front office as digital project coordinator.

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Gilmour Named Vice Chair of NEAC’s President’s Council

President Davie Jane Gilmour

Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour has been appointed vice chair of President’s Council for the North Eastern Athletic Conference.

A dozen of Penn College’s athletic teams compete in the NEAC, and Gilmour’s work with the council has included service on its committees for strategic planning and sportsmanship. She will serve for two years as vice chair before assuming the role of council chair in July 2019.

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Benefit Golf Tourney Rescheduled to July 17

The 31st annual Penn College Foundation Golf Classic, partially washed out by rain earlier this month, has been rescheduled. The tournament – which has helped to fund nearly 600 student scholarships – and dinner will be held July 17 at the Williamsport Country Club.

Restaurant Again Favored Among Area Newspaper’s Readers

Michael R. Triassi, Le Jeune Chef’s director of sales and restaurant operations, receives a silver Reader’s Choice Award from Becky Fitzwater, an advertising representative for the Milton Standard-Journal.

For the second year, Le Jeune Chef Restaurant has received silver honors in the Milton Standard-Journal’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards. The Standard-Journal ran a Reader’s Choice contest form in its daily newspapers and provided ballots to local businesses for submission by their patrons. Voters could also fill out ballots online and write in additional categories. Becky Fitzwater, an advertising representative for the newspaper, delivered a certificate to the restaurant on Friday, signifying that it was the second-highest vote-getter in the Best Restaurant category. Le Jeune Chef presents a fine-dining experience hosted by Penn College’s School of Business & Hospitality. The restaurant offers a gourmet menu, much of it prepared by students, and features the area’s most extensive wine list. The full list of award winners will be announced in the newspaper in July. To make a reservation, call 570-320-CHEF (570-320-2433). To view menus and special events, visit the restaurant’s website.
Photo by Anna C. Miller, marketing and communications specialist for the School of Business & Hospitality

Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Newswatch 16 Visits SMART Girls Showcase

WNEP on campus

Newswatch 16’s Kristina Papa stopped by the Penn College Field House for Friday’s SMART Girls Showcase, the culminating event of the Science and Math in Real-world Technologies summer program. Papa interviewed Tanya Berfield, manager of college transitions, and some of the campers, whose weeklong adventures included career exploration and a Quadcopter Challenge.

Links Eager to Tell Orientation Guests, ‘Let’s Get Connected!’

Connections Links (from left) are From left: Lindsey A. King, Hanover, pre-applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration; Kylee A. Kalnas, Easton, pre-applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration; Emily K. Conklin, Port Allegany, pre-dental hygiene; Margo L. Rudy, Hollidaysburg, pre-radiography; Raymond L. Long, Forest City, building automation technology; David A. Gadalla, Carlisle, aviation maintenance technology; Alexis J. Medero, Levittown, civil engineering technology; Nathaniel H. Lyon, Fredericksburg, welding & fabrication engineering technology; Alexandra D. Petrizzi, Langhorne, graphic design; and Cera N. Blunk, Schuylkill Haven, physician assistant.

Rocking it out at The Rock, the Links are ready to roll.

The Summer 2017 Connections Links are primed to encourage new students and their families as they prepare for college by attending Penn College’s “Connections” orientation program, kicking off next week and running through July 25. Six two-day sessions for first-year students and two one-day sessions for adult learners and transfer students offer a comprehensive overview of campus life and academic expectations. The 10 Connections Links, knowledgeable and enthusiastic student leaders, are ready to facilitate networking sessions and answer plenty of questions.

Penn College Becomes Full Member of NCAA Division III

A new era in athletics

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Wildcat Athletics teams will compete as full members of NCAA Division III when students return this fall.

The NCAA Division III Management Council notified Penn College on Thursday that it has successfully completed the provisional membership process. As a full NCAA Division III member, the college will be eligible to compete for national championships and will have voting rights on NCAA legislation.

“This is wonderful news for Wildcat Athletics and for Penn College,” President Davie Jane Gilmour said. “Full Division III membership will help us attract more student-athletes. These students enter our gates with a heightened sense of grit and drive, and we know that Penn College student-athletes find the competition, discipline and teamwork required of a collegiate athlete integral to their record of success as leaders in their chosen professions.

“The college’s work toward full NCAA membership has already injected a welcome boost to campus spirit, which was on full display when we recently introduced our new Wildcat Athletic logo to a capacity crowd of students, faculty and staff. I want to commend everyone at the institution who played a role in moving this process forward.”

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College’s Madigan Library Quickly Advances in ‘Star’ Program

Penn College’s Madigan Library has earned the first of five Silver Stars available to libraries through Pennsylvania’s PA Forward program.

In only six months as a participant in the state’s PA Forward program, Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Madigan Library has reached – and transcended – Bronze Level status to earn the first of five Silver Stars on the basis of a recent professional-development event.

The three-tiered PA Forward initiative was launched in January, with Penn College among its earliest adherents, to spotlight the commonwealth’s libraries and their integral connection to their communities.

“The Madigan Library faculty and staff are so pleased to be recognized by the Star Library Program for our efforts in literacy education, on behalf of our students and the Williamsport community,” said Tracey Amey, library director.

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Pallet Company Donates Handcrafted Display Case to College

Showcasing a display case constructed of Pennsylvania lumber are, from left, Don Remmey, the business owner who donated the piece to Penn College; Abe Weaver, the woodworker who crafted it; Elizabeth A. Biddle, the college’s director of corporate relations; and Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology at the college.

A Snyder County pallet company donated a handmade display case to Pennsylvania College of Technology during the Keystone Wood Products Association’s recent annual meeting on the college’s main campus.

Remmey, the Pallet Company – a KWPA member that has relied heavily on Pennsylvania lumber during 60 years of manufacturing durable shipping pallets – presented Penn College with the beautifully crafted piece by woodworker Abe Weaver.

“Penn College is the only college in the Keystone Wood Products Association region that offers a forestry and forest products curriculum,” said Don Remmey, company owner and president. “To show our appreciation to the college for training the next generation of forest industry personnel, we are presenting them with this beautiful wooden display case to use in the lobby of the Schneebeli Earth Science Center.”

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Hotshot Hooks Audience by Playing Through Water Hazard

Boever is introduced by Penn College's Debra M. Miller.

Making it look easy, even when hitting off increasingly higher tees using a club with an overly flexible shaft

Boever gives a fellow golfer some pointers on his "short game" ...

... and proves that you don't have to stand to have a winning stance.

The visiting VIP gets together with Fisher Mining Co.'s John A Blaschak, a member of the college's Corporate Advisory Board and the event's generous title sponsor.

Rain scuttled play in Monday’s scheduled 31st annual Penn College Foundation Golf Classic, but not before entertainer Dan Boever dazzled the crowd with trick shots and interactive amusement. Boever, a popular attraction on the golf circuit, headlined the scholarship benefit at the Williamsport Country Club. The tournament and dinner have been rescheduled for July 17.


Campers Find Nutritious Antidote to Rainy Monday

"Concentration" is the mantra for these campers, spreading the groundwork in their makeshift kitchen.

Smiles are just one of the healthy ingredients on display in the Keystone Dining Room.

Pawlik shows youngsters that good nutrition can also be fun, with help from student camp assistant Pearl L. Patterson (background).

Penn College’s Camp ESCAPE has begun its third week of summertime fun, offering youngsters a full menu of field trips, cooking projects, games and activities – rain or shine. Monday’s schedule included a nutrition project with Rebecca L. Pawlik, a registered dietitian with Dining Services, who showed the 6- through 14-year-olds how to make Fruit Sushi.
Photos by Amy S. Lingg, Dining Services marketing assistant

Penn College Welcomes New Employee

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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